State Library Stories
For the last year, we have been working with the State Library of New South Wales to help create a digital storytelling project as part of their new website. The sub-site, Stories, would offer visitors an engaging way of understanding the Library’s image and object collections.
We created these stories as scroll-down responsive web apps. Our in-house team handled the copy, curated the content and coded each story to create a self-contained storytelling experience. The digital stories are interspersed with large-tiled images, animations, videos, maps, interactive nodes and hand-drawn illustrations.
Here are our first three digital stories. Check in regularly to the Library’s site as new stories get released throughout the year.
In 1951, a hoard of 3,500 glass plate negatives from the nineteenth century was discovered in a garden shed in Chatswood. The collection included images of the goldfields, portraits, shopfronts, and the largest glass plate negatives in the world showing a panorama of Sydney Harbour.
Made using a wet plate photographic process, these negatives have no grain and are capable of extreme enlargement. Visitors can now zoom into these photographs and see the details of faces, hand-written posters and even the labels on pharmacy bottles.
The Tal & Dai-ichi Life Derby Collection
This extraordinary collection of natural history illustrations is the Library’s most significant addition of early colonial material since the 1930s. Containing 745 watercolours in six volumes, the collection conveys Europe’s naïve yet genuine sense of wonder at Australia’s unique natural history.
Eora: 1770-1850 is created through a close and innovative interrogation of the European records of early colonisation. Compiled from letters, maps, prints, books and drawings, this digital story pieces together a surprisingly rich account of Aboriginal lives and families after contact. Running contrary to the notion that colonisation completely displaced Aboriginal people, this account gives testimony to a continuing Indigenous presence in Sydney.